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Lieutenant at HOUSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM in Houston, Texas

Posted in Education 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

The Organization

Houston Community College (HCC) is an open-admission, public institution of higher education offering a high-quality, affordable education for academic advancement, workforce training, career development and lifelong learning to prepare individuals in our diverse communities for life and work in a global and technological society. We’re proud to say that 98 percent of our graduates step into a job in their field of study immediately upon graduation. One of the largest community colleges in the nation, HCC has served the Greater Houston area for over four decades. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Schools Commission on Colleges, we offer 300+ associate degree and certificate programs to 75,000+ students across 13 Centers of Excellence and online each semester. We are proud to be No.1 among all community colleges in the nation in providing associate degrees to minorities and No.1 in educating international students, with 10.4 percent of our student population from outside the USA. Our vision is to become the Employer of Choice in support of our mission for Student Success by attracting, retaining and motivating the best employees.

The Team

Play a central role at HCC as you keep our everyday operations running like clockwork. You’ll get the chance to make things happen and work closely with inspiring leaders across different parts of the institution. Whether your role is supportive, administrative, financial, or something else, you’ll be part of a dynamic team that not only provides HCC students with cutting-edge academic and career tools, it also takes care of its people.

We are currently seeking a Lieutenant who will advance the institution’s proud tradition of excellence in academics, student life and community service.

The Opportunity

You: You’re a proactive leader who’s always on the lookout for innovative ways to improve operations and ensure the safety and security at college facilities.

Your mission: We’ll count on you to serve as a member of the department leadership team and assist in developing strategic plans to direct department activities. You will direct the activities of Sergeants and ensure compliance with Crime on Campus crime prevention requirements.

A typical day: As second in command, you may kick off the day with a briefing, where you discuss safety and security plans for the college as part of the daily routine and of the strategic plan. Once you’re finished, you head to a meeting in Administration, where you talk about department communications during inter-agency operations (e.g., special events, emergencies, etc.) You’ll spend some time in the afternoon putting the finishing touches on a report detailing crime prevention surveys and make recommendations for improvements to facility security, and your proposals for accomplishing those improvements.

Next steps: If you always have the student experience in the forefront of your planning and execution, if you’re a collaborator, an innovator and a person who gets things done, apply today!


Houston is a city with limitless possibilities:

  • Third-largest city in the U.S. and home to 54 Fortune 500 companies, second only to New York City’s 55.

  • 145 languages are spoken here.

  • Overall after-taxes living costs are 5.6 percent below the average for all 308 urban areas recently surveyed.

  • Houston is a major-league sports town, and don’t forget the annual Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.

  • The weather is great! Mild winters ensure that outdoor activities can be enjoyed year-round.

  • World-renowned medical care. The Houston metro area has long been known for its first-rate health care system, with many Houston area hospitals consistently ranking among the nation’s top institutions.

  • With over 150 museums and cultural institutions in the Greater Houston area, museums are a large part of Houston’s cultural scene.

  • Houston is the Culture & Culinary Capital of Texas with more than 7,500 restaurants and eating establishments covering 60+ cuisines.

If this sounds like the role for you and you’re ready to join an amazing team, please apply right away.

It is the policy of the Houston Community College System to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran’s status. Individuals with disabilities, who require special accommodations to interview, should contact the Employment Services Office at (713) 718-8565.

HCC values its employees and their contributions, promotes opportunities for their professional growth and development, and provides a positive working and learning environment that encourages diversity, innovation and creativity, and inclusion.



Manage safety, security and police operations at the district/ division to which he/she is assigned. Perform other duties as may be required.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.


Work closely with the college management and administrators to ensure safety and security at college facilities.


Serve as a member of the department leadership team and as such assist in developing strategic plans to direct department activities.


Plan work activities for police and security officers assigned to his/her district/ division.


Direct the activity of the Sergeant/s assigned to his/her district/ division.


Investigate allegations of misconduct against officers assigned to his/her district/ division.


Conduct and/or supervise criminal investigations in his/her district/ division.


Review reports for completeness, accuracy, and solvability factors and route and file documents per the general orders and procedures of the department.


Maintain equipment, personnel, and other records.


Approve all leave requests, and ensures that all positions vacated by leave are filled.


Complete Officer Performance Ratings.


Participate in hiring boards and make recommendations.


Attend civic events as a representative if the Police Department and the College.


Supervise, coordinate, conduct and attend In-Service training.


Supervise crime prevention surveys and make recommendations for improvements to facility security.


Ensure compliance with Crime on Campus crime prevention requirements at his/her district/ division.


Complete officers’ performance ratings of officers and employment recommendations.


Listen and discuss problems with subordinates.


Provide Sergeant and officers with appropriate administrative and technical support.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above.  The qualifications listed below are representative of the education, experience, physical requirements, knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.



Bachelor’s Degree required; eight (8) years law enforcement or military service may be substituted for the Bachelor's Degree.


Must be a commissioned police officer of the State of Texas, certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). 


Must hold an Intermediate Certificate from TCOLE (Photocopy of certification must accompany the application).       


Advance Peace Officer Certification preferred.        



Five (5) years of law enforcement service is required, including two (2) years as a supervisor.


Experience in higher education setting is highly desirable.



Strong observation skills


Must be able to remain calm during stressful situations, emergencies and disturbances and be a member of the emergency response organizations at the assigned location


Must be able to lift and move 25 lbs. without assistance


Must be able to run 100 yards without stopping and be functional upon completion



Employees in this position will be scheduled to work rotating shifts in a 24/7 environment.  Employees will be expected to work holidays, nights and/or weekends to meet staffing and scheduling requirements.


Must be proficient in the use of computers, Windows, MS Office Suite, MDTs and other generally used police technology


Must be able to organize and start up programs (i.e. crime prevention, community outreach, etc.)


Must be able to organize and manage a budget


Must be able to speak publicly representing his/her district, the police department, and the college


Must have a working knowledge of crime statistics and statistical analysis


Must be able to conduct risk assessments


Must be a self starter


Knowledge of state and local laws


Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of HCCS personnel, in person and in writing


Ability to mediate conflicts


Supervisory skills preferred.


Strong observation skills


Per HCC Policy C: 4.7 Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace, a drug and/or alcohol test is required if a conditional job offer is made.


This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisor.


This job description may be revised upon development of other duties and changes in responsibilities.